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Albatros D.XI first prototype (Karaya 1/48)
« on: November 08, 2011, 08:54:53 PM »
This is a kit I've begun some times ago. I was waiting before to show my build, because there are some problems with the kit and I'm not sure it's really a buildable one. But well, it's said; we will seen; and go for the show...  :))

The artbox is splendid. To be noted that on the actual airplane, the wings were 5 colours lozenge fabric covered and not doped linen.

At first regard, the kit himself looks to be a great one; but when you try dry fitting there are some problems, the most important being the base of the rudder... Lot of work in perspective...

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Re: Albatros D.XI first prototype (Karaya 1/48)
« Reply #1 on: November 08, 2011, 08:57:10 PM »
Never seen any Karaya kits before, this look to be nice build ;)

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Re: Albatros D.XI first prototype (Karaya 1/48)
« Reply #2 on: November 08, 2011, 08:59:09 PM »
Well mate, we will seen if there are really buildable or not... But at first regard indeed there are very nice looking!

The pieces are sanded, and separated between the "must have to be painted quickly" and "to be painted later"...

The propeller and the engine look great but they are asking for putty (Tamiya putty for the propeller; Vallejo putty for the engine).

The seatbelts are glued; and then, white primer on the elements

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Re: Albatros D.XI first prototype (Karaya 1/48)
« Reply #3 on: November 08, 2011, 09:01:40 PM »
Hope you will be able to synchronize several builds on your work bench :))

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Re: Albatros D.XI first prototype (Karaya 1/48)
« Reply #4 on: November 08, 2011, 09:03:51 PM »
Well, this one is not a "priority"; I have all my time  :-green
I'm working on it on "lost moments", or, as for today, when I'm too nervious to work on little PE parts on the Hellcat  :-red

The reason why I've begun to build that kit is to test a new variant technique for plywood rendering.

As base I've used Vallejo Yellow.

To complete the engine with some missing rivets, I've used 3D paint for tissue...

And as base for the propeller, Tamiya XF-59

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Re: Albatros D.XI first prototype (Karaya 1/48)
« Reply #5 on: November 08, 2011, 09:08:58 PM »
Some days later I've applied burnt sienna (oil paint) on the propeller. I'm not 100% happy with the result, and I'm wondering if I will keep it as is, or to restart the work...

For the cockpit interior I applied burnt sienna with... sponge; then progressively removed the oil paint with another piece of sponge. I really like the result!!!

And one week later, I've painted the second face of the propeller with the oil paint

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Re: Albatros D.XI first prototype (Karaya 1/48)
« Reply #6 on: November 08, 2011, 09:15:43 PM »
Last week I've applied the 5 colours lozenge decals on the lower parts. Like for the Fokker D.VII I'm using the lozenge made by Doug Baumann, and printed on clear decal sheet paper. I must say that next time I will try to print my lozenge decals on WHITE laser decal paper; the white paper being more opaque than the clear one. Using the clear one obligates to use a white primer.

...And today I've painted the seat: Vallejo marron brown for the seat; Vallejo red Leather for the couffin; Mister Kit German Dope for the seatbelts.

As said, I will continue that kit in the lost moments; other kits have priority.
And I really don't know actually if the kit is buildable. But it's a good trial platform for some techniques I never used before  ;)

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Re: Albatros D.XI first prototype (Karaya 1/48)
« Reply #7 on: November 08, 2011, 09:45:57 PM »
Great job so far! I like it! :-clap :-clap

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Re: Albatros D.XI first prototype (Karaya 1/48)
« Reply #8 on: November 08, 2011, 09:47:35 PM »
Thank you mate!

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Re: Albatros D.XI first prototype (Karaya 1/48)
« Reply #9 on: November 08, 2011, 09:59:34 PM »
Excellent!

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Re: Albatros D.XI first prototype (Karaya 1/48)
« Reply #10 on: November 08, 2011, 10:52:49 PM »
Way to go, Draken, it's looking great!
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Re: Albatros D.XI first prototype (Karaya 1/48)
« Reply #11 on: November 09, 2011, 02:16:19 PM »
I have this in 1:72, Merlin Models. Old but nice, although the cowling is very poor :(

Good build subject, I must do my Hansa-Brandenburg W.20 at some point!

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Re: Albatros D.XI first prototype (Karaya 1/48)
« Reply #12 on: November 09, 2011, 05:57:25 PM »
Thank you all!!!

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Re: Albatros D.XI first prototype (Karaya 1/48)
« Reply #13 on: November 09, 2011, 09:44:23 PM »
Interior looks very vivid and nicely weatherd. The lozenge ar on the spot and as I see settled nicely. So far excellent!!! :)

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Re: Albatros D.XI first prototype (Karaya 1/48)
« Reply #14 on: November 09, 2011, 10:05:04 PM »
Thank you Primoz!

Today I was unable to use the compressor for the airbrush, for the Hellcat. So I've worked on the D.XI again, setting the upper lozenges...

Not visible on the photo  :)) but some little corrections will be needed. Nothing important...